There is a lot of gobbledygook that leads people seeking to understand intuition to frustrating dead ends.
Let’s work toward dispensing with the gobbledygook by first defining what is meant by intuition in the 4 Ascendant Taoist Tradition.
To define intuition, we must first separate two things that are viewed as one thing, but are actually very different: Insight and Intuition.
Insight versus Intuition
Insight is a sudden “aha” moment where you have a realization about the world.
Intuition is a moment of great perception and gut instinct.
They are alike in that both are human skills that are not commonly used and belong to parts of the brain that are not favored by the Social Mind. This skill cluster is known as a domain.
Because they belong to a similar domain, they can often seem like the same thing. It’s like two people coming from the same, exotic country. They may not know each other. They may not share much in common. To outsiders, however, they are more alike than they are different.
All people are intuitive, and capable of getting gut-level solutions to problems, and gut-level perceptions about the world.
Insight comes from exposure to True reality–the Tao without any mask.
Sometimes the exposure to reality occurs through intuition. Most times it does not. Insight, however, increases the power of a person’s intuition, and the chance that information coming from the gut is accurate and useful.
To build intuition directly, you have to understand what is limiting it.
There are 3 major limits:
1) Intuition exists in the domain of socially forbidden knowledge. In cultures where it is supported or strongly favored, people are much more intuitive and capable of making good decisions using intuition.
2) It is easily influenced by desire and fear. Desire and fear are powerful motivators and can easily overwhelm clear perception of any sort. For many people, intuition has a strong emotional response, and so is easily clouded by emotion. Basically, desire and fear creates a situation where a person wants to see or perceive something about the surrounding world. The person then interprets his or her own desire as intuition. Of course, logic, represented as the opposite of intuition, can also be bent just as easily by emotion. You just have to make a bigger effort to do so.
3) When you think of intuition, you think of it as separate from the intellect, thought or reason. You may even think of the two as being hostile to one another. The favoring of the intellect (even though it is not well used) creates a very hostile environment for intuition.
Let’s take me as an example to explore.
Because I am able to use my intellect to explain and teach, I am often labelled as being intellectual and anti-intuitive.
Of course, I rely on intuition daily, and make most of my decisions based on instinct. I do this because I understand the limits of the intellect, and the limits of intuition. This is knowledge that any experienced and trained Taoist has. The belief that intellect and intuition can’t get along together causes the intellect to suppress intuition.
A true 4 Ascendant Taoist is concerned with activating and using the Complete Human. The complete human has 3 parts of the mind that need to be fully present and developed, the intellect, intuition, and emotion.
As a 4 Ascendant lineage holder, it is part of the process for me to teach mentees to invest into and allow for intuition to develop as part of becoming a Complete Human.
The misinterpretation of my self, and you as a reader may also experience a similar mis-labeling of your self, is because of the personal baggage of the person doing the interpreting.
Personal baggage is jealously guarded and not easily let go, so don’t expect change surrounding such labeling to occur with any speed.
A Taoist does what a Taoist does.
Master Mikel Steenrod
Keeper of the Gate of Man and Heaven
(Lineage Holder of the 4 Ascendant Spheres Purity Adept School of the Tao)